A Dental Bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental Bridges can:
- Restore your smile
- Restore your ability to chew and speak properly
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
A major disadvantage of a bridge is that the teeth next to the missing tooth space must also be crowned. If the adjacent teeth are healthy and do not need crowns, a dental implant is preferred.
How We Create Dental Bridges
During the first visit for getting a dental bridge, the abutment teeth are prepared. Preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them.
Next, impressions of your teeth are made, which serve as a model from which a dental laboratory will make the bridge, pontic, and crowns. We will make a temporary bridge for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while your bridge is being made.
On your next visit, we remove your temporary bridge, and the new permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit.